Welcome to Our September 16th, Study/Prayer Page!

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This Wednesday, we will again have our prayer meeting and Bible study at the Pastor’s home in Novato, 726 Bradley Ave, Novato. Directions – 330-340-9413. We will continue to have the service here on our web page along with the audio.

PRAYER

O Lord our God, we thank You for the privilege of coming into Thy presence and joining together as a body of believers to worship and adore You.
We ask you, Lord, to bless this service and all who have come here to join in our worship, prayer, and study of Your Word.
In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


CHORUS

GLORY HALLELUJAH!
(#772)

(Played by Pat)


Glory, hallelujah, Christ has set me free!
Glory, hallelujah, a new life now I see.
My sins are all forgiven, I´m on my way to heaven,
To live eternally! Glory, hallelujah!
He´s coming soon for me!
(repeat twice)


Hymn

ANYWHERE WITH JESUS
(#584)

(Played by Pat)





Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go;
Anywhere He leads me in this world below;
Anywhere without Him dearest joys would fade;
Anywhere with Jesus I am not afraid.

Anywhere! Anywhere! Fear I cannot know;
Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go.

Anywhere with Jesus I am not alone;
Other friends may fail me, He is still my own;
Though His hand may lead me over dreary ways,
Anywhere with Jesus is a house of praise.

Anywhere! Anywhere! Fear I cannot know;
Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go.

Anywhere with Jesus I can go to sleep,
When the darkening shadows round about me creep;
Knowing I shall waken never more to roam,
Anywhere with Jesus will be home, sweet home.

Anywhere! Anywhere! Fear I cannot know;
Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go.

 

Audio Message:

September 9th and 16th, 2020: Pastor Ed


Scripture:

Psalm 46:1-7

 

MESSAGE:

 


Spurgeon called this psalm “The song of holy comfort.” It is indeed a comfort to all God’s people. It gives assurance of divine help, especially when it is needed the most – in time of trouble. Each of the three main sections ends with “Selah” which means a pause in the music. “Selah” can also mean to ponder what has just been said. The psalm begins on a very encouraging note of promise of help from God in our troubles and trials.


The writer begins, “God is our refuge and strength.” (Psa. 46:1a) The word for “refuge” literally means “a place to which to go quietly for protection.” The mighty God of Creation is our refuge, the One to whom we go quietly for protection when disaster is on the way. God not only provides protection but power. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psa. 46:1) The word “trouble” literally means “in tight places.” Who has never been in a tight place? Our refuge is powerful as well as personal. It is God, not the government or anyone or anything else, who is our chief help in time of trouble. Many have trusted in the government to help them only to find out that the government’s help is unreliable at best. Many have trusted in insurance policies, friends, and investments for help only to learn that they often fail when needed the most.

God’s refuge is not only personal and powerful but it is permanent. “Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” (Psa. 46:2) The word “earth” here can also be translated “land,” and that word for “removed” can be translated “change” or “change hands.” So the verse could be rendered: “Therefore will not we fear though the land change hands.” In other words, our refuge in God is so secure that we have nothing to fear though invasion come.

He goes on, “Though waters thereof roar and be troubled, though mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” (Psa. 46:3) In a few bold strokes the psalmist sets before us a picture of a land in upheaval. Earthquakes rip it apart, the very mountains seem to stagger into the sea, and the sea responds by sending up massive tides and angry waves. Sounds like a tsunami. It is a vivid, symbolic way of telling us not to fear even insurrections and invasions. Never fear. Our refuge is safe no matter what upheavals may come. Neither natural disasters or national disasters can touch our refuge. The strength we have is in God.

“Selah.” There, what do you think of that? What is it that is tearing us apart right now? What is it that is worrying us, making it hard to sleep? Hard to settle down to anything? Take courage. God has not changed, “There, what do you think of that?”

Not only do we have a promise of help but the writer talks about the prospects of help. The second section of this psalm speaks of the prospects both of trouble and of deliverance from trouble. He writes, “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the Holy Place of the Tabernacle of the Most High.” (Psa. 46:4) A river is used to portray the prospects of Divine help. One of the things a river portrays is peace. “ Isaiah wrote, “For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream:” (Isa. 66:12a) Rivers provide many things from good to many other supplies. The prospects of help for the godly include sufficient provisions. The river that brings peace and provisions will also bring pleasure to the godly. The location of the river is in a choice city. If you want the blessing of the river of God, you must live in the right place. That place is where God is. The river of blessing is where God’s holiness will be.

The place of the river is now the focus of the psalm. “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved. God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved; he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Psa. 46:5-7) Where God is there will be peace. The turmoil in our world reveals that God is not blessing the wicked world with His presence because the world is so wicked and does not want God. We know, of course, who it is who takes up His place in the midst of His believing people. He is always “in the midst.” He says to us, “Where two or three are gathered together in My name there am I in the midst of them.” He is in the midst when God’s people gather together. He is with us. He is Emmanuel – God with us.

Think, for a moment, of the marvelous river we have within. In the Bible, God the Father is set before us as a fountain of living water. Jeremiah, rebuking the back-slidings of Israel, records this sad word from God. “My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jer. 2:13)

God the Son is set before us as a well of living water. Speaking to the Samaritan woman, Jesus said, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into eternal life.” (John 4:13-14) God the Holy Spirit is set before us as a river of living water. “On that last great day of the feast Jesus took and called to the people: If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as scripture hath said, out of his (inner man) shall flow rivers of living water. But this He spake of the Spirit.” (John 7:37-39a).

We have the marvelous river within. The Holy Spirit has come down from the throne of God to fill our hearts and provide us with a deep, unfailing reservoir of spiritual supply. No enemy can stop Him from flowing into us and through us. We need to remember that when things go wrong. The Lord Jesus Christ has come to dwell within. Jesus said, “If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and sup with him and he with me.” (Rev. 3) The Lord Jesus Himself has come to take up His residence in our hearts and lives. We can shout: “Emmanuel!” God with us. The Lord of hosts is within us, the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah – what do you think of that?

Next Wednesday evening, we’ll continue looking at Psalm 46.

PRAYER

Our heavenly Father, we thank You that You are our refuge and strength. We thank You that You that we do not need to fear, no matter what comes into our lives. We praise You, O Lord, that in You we have peace. Grant us that peace as we deal with the troubles and problems of the present days. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayers / Praises

Pastor Ed and Connie:

Barbara, Bill – travel - Gloria, George & Marie, Lissa - son's mother-in-law, Dolores,
Ray & Neva, John & Karen, Fire fighters - Julie – Knee, Alice's son, Kathy Sondergaard, Dan Pelletier..

Bridget:

Bridget still needs a job. Her unspoken was answered.  

Alice:

Alice's son still needs a lot of prayer for healing.

Tom/Michelle:
For new building to meet in. We feel the Lord is leading us to a new place. Praying for spiritual growth for newly saved kids D.J. and Jace. For Jim who attended meeting last week. So excited that God is working here!

Ray/Neva:

Neva is ok. Her arm is healing. Strength for Ray.

Paul/Barbara Atherton:

Paul would like prayer for himself and Barbara for strength and balance.

Joe:

PraiseI I thank our Lord for the joy and fun that my dear wife brings daily to my life. I'm thankful for the oxygen that is greatly assisting my sister in this period of poor health and air.
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to focus on You in these difficult times. Our focus can so easily be distracted by the ruler of this world. I also ask You for special protection for our safety and health workers who are working at this minute  for our community. 

Karen:

My unspoken was answered. Prayer still for my Mom and my Aunt Charlene.

Paul and Barbara:

Paul would like prayer for himself and Barbara for strength and balance.

Lissa: Continue praying for her daughter-in-law’s mother Jerri. Radiation for oral cancer. Quite overwhelmed.

Pat: Praise: for fire, police, sheriffs, medical people Missionaries in Peru
Pray for- the above, radical protesters to be stopped, rain, rain, rain.

Anita:

Praises: For my husband’s safety as he went to Tahoe yesterday and back the same day . For my little French family who may visit us next year. (You all may want to hide, they are as hyper as i am).
Prayer: My cousin Laurent is interested in the Bible now, may I be clear in helping him.

 

Closing Hymn:

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL (#417)

(Played by Pat)





When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul
It is well
With my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend!
Even so – it is well with my soul!
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul

 

PRAYER

Thank you, Father,  for this clear message to all believers’ hearts. You are truly our help in times of trouble. Our Jehovah Ezrah. We give thanks in Your Son’s Name for such a love like this. Amen